A D.C. push for more fresh produce
Two D.C. council members want corner stores to start slinging fruits and vegetables in the city's poorest neighborhoods, and they're willing to provide subsidies as part of the District's battle against bulging waistlines, the Washington Examiner reports.
A bill introduced by at-large Council member Kwame Brown and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh would target "food deserts," areas where it's easier to buy chips and a soda than an apple. The driest of the District's "deserts" are in wards 7 and 8, where three grocery stores serve more than 140,000 people. There are four times that number in affluent wards 2 and 3. Although the bill would provide tax breaks, grants and loans to attract chain grocery stores, its biggest step would be enticing the corner stores into the fruit-and vegetable-selling game.
Read more about efforts to encourage more corner stores in D.C. to sell fresh produce in the Washington Examiner.
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